The Climate Action for Jobs Initiative unites global efforts on the environment and decent work

The Initiative

Climate and employment goals can and must go hand in hand.

The Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted in 2015, highlights the imperatives of a just transition and the creation of decent work as essential dimensions of climate change. While some important progress has been made, the required scale of efforts needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 is not yet enough. The Climate Action for Jobs Initiative will contribute to a Decade of Action, accelerating climate action through a just transition.

Vision and Mission

The Initiative will:

  • Enable ambitious climate action that delivers decent jobs and advances social justice.
  • Support countries on bold solutions for a transition towards a sustainable future that is just and enjoys broad-based support.
  • Facilitate an inclusive and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

News and Stories

Learn about the latest updates and hear from those engaged in a just transition.
The Initiative amplifies important messages about decent work and a just transition as key drivers of climate action.

May 18, 2021
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Climate Action for Jobs initiative launches in Africa

Government ministers joined workers’ and employers’ organizations as well as labour and environmental experts to launch the Climate Action for Jobs initiative in Africa.
April 27, 2021
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New findings from Nigeria reveal that effective climate policies can create 12 million jobs

A year-long study into the links between employment and the environment in Nigeria concluded that well-designed climate policies can boost the national economy and create 12 million job opportunities by 2035, while also slowing carbon dioxide emissions.
September 2, 2020
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The Board of the Climate Action for Jobs Initiative holds its first meeting

Representatives of governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, the United Nations Executive Office, a development bank, and the ILO will hold the inaugural meeting of the International Advisory Board to provide strategic direction to the Initiative.

Action

The Initiative helps countries create quality jobs while simultaneously delivering on climate goals and supporting those affected by the shift to carbon-neutral economies. As governments around the world plan for recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the Initiative can help them to build back better, fostering sustainable and resilient economies with decent work.

Resources and Innovation

Research and resources: Research and knowledge generation inform policy measures that can work in specific national contexts. Through the initiative, partners have access to data, methodologies and findings, contribute to global and national studies, and make use of channels that connect researchers and policy makers.

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Just Transition Innovation Facility: The challenges that are at the crossroad between decent work and climate change are complex and cannot be addressed by a traditional linear problem-solving process, nor by any single stakeholder on their own. They require a vision-oriented network of innovators ready to develop responses that break with business-as-usual. The Innovation Facility provides a space to source high-potential ideas and turn them into effective scalable solutions.

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Partners and Allies

The Initiative will be spearheaded by: governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, research institutions, international institutions, private sector, and civil society institutions. Learn more >

To find out how to join, contact us at greenjobs@ilo.org